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Cybersecurity is now a significant issue for all government entities. Contemporary cybersecurity issues need a coordinated response, and one that can engage the enterprise at all levels. The top leadership team has a particularly important role to play.


  • This report focuses on five key senior leadership issues, each of which is supported by statistical research and practical case studies that resonate at an executive level.

Features and Benefits

  • Examines the top cybersecurity issues for the government sector.
  • Provides an executive balanced scorecard for leadership in cybersecurity.

Key questions answered

  • What is a structured approach for engaging the senior leadership team to drive cybersecurity across the enterprise?
  • What are the top cybersecurity issues you need to discuss with the secretary of your department?

Table of contents


  • Catalyst
  • Ovum view
  • Key messages


  • Recommendations for digital government leaders
  • Recommendations for vendor partners

Put security at the foundation of all digital government initiatives

  • Our past ideas about information technology are no longer sufficient to meet the expectations of the digital era

Provide more tightly focused senior executive leadership

  • The government sector has different business drivers to the private sector
  • Cybersecurity needs to come out of the back room
  • Case study: The 2016 denial-of-service attack on the Australian national census

Rethink your security architecture to address contemporary challenges

  • The industrialization of hacking requires a much more sophisticated security response
  • The top leadership team has an important guidance role, given an increasingly complex set of digital challenges
  • Case study: Addressing the management challenges due to growth and complexity

Leading change is about leading people

  • Cybersecurity is as much about people as it is about technology and tools
  • Case study: When rhetoric does not equal reality
  • Case study: The increasing use of shadow IT
  • Case study: Ingenuity will prevail, so why not put it to use

Taking a balanced scorecard approach to security outcomes

  • It is not possible to shift executive accountability
  • Engaging the executive leadership team
  • Case study: A bridge too far
  • An executive balanced scorecard for leadership in cybersecurity


  • Methodology
  • Further reading
  • Author

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